Why Reusable?
Cloth Pads
About Cloth Pads
Cloth Pad Styles
How to use them
Cloth Pad Washing
Pros & Cons
Cloth Pad FAQ
Tips and Help
Where to buy Pads
Pad Fabrics
Starting a Stash
Make your own pads
Selling Pads
Cost of Pads
Pad History
Menstrual Cups
About Cups
Brand info
Cup Folding
Tips & Help
My First Experience
TSS & Cups
Cup History
Other Products
Sea Sponges
Reusable Tampons
Interlabial Pads
Free Bleeding Underpants
Interlabial Pads
An Interlabial pad is an absorbent pad that is worn externally, held in place by the labia. Usually resembling a tampon, these are almost a cross-between a tampon and a pad. Offering a way to absorb the menstrual flow closer to the vagina, which can help reduce the leakage and mess of using pads, while not being an internally worn product.

The Interlabial pad is worn between the labia

The first commercially available disposable interlabial pad I've found was called the Padette (and later renamed the Insync) and is no longer being made. Obsidian Star brought out a reusable version under the name "Ini-pad", and later renamed to "Labinni pad" after the former name was trademarked by a rival business. Red Ginger (a now closed cloth pad maker) mentioned making reusable interlabial pads, but does not seem to have ever sold them. There is currently a disposable interlabial pad, called the unique miniform.
Interlabial pads can be useful for wearing overnight or during heavy flow in addition with a pad, and can help stop "channelling" (where the blood travels up between the buttocks). They can be used instead of a pad or internal product, or in addition to one of these. They cannot be worn during swimming, as they are an external product, however they could be worn while showering. They must be removed for urination, being careful that they do not fall into the toilet. As they are absorbent, they can dry out the skin if the blood flow is light and and they are worn for a long time.

Like reusable tampons, interlabial pads can be sewn from fabric, knit or crochet from absorbent yarn. A simple fabric interlabial pad is a rectangle of absorbent cloth that is rolled or folded for use. A tampon-like version can be made by sewing a fabric tube and filling it with absorbent material.
Knitted versions can make use of the stocking stitch having a tendency to roll up, and can be as simple as knitting a square in cotton yarn. A tampon shaped "bag" could also be knit/crochet and filled with absorbent material.
www.ecomenses.com/www.clothpads.org (C) Obsidian 2002-2010. All rights reserved
This website (including all images or text) are covered by copyright and cannot be reproduced without permission.
By using this website, you agree not to hold the creator of this website liable for any harm as a result of using information from this website.
Swirly image edited from Lilla Mirabavutti | Dreamstime.com